Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by JANDY NELSON

Twins Jude and Noah lost bearings on their fraternal connection the moment they thought they destroyed each other’s lives. Young and reckless, they did stupid things that distanced themselves from each other with their secrets kept away to just themselves as well. While art would find a way to set them apart and reunite them, so will the revelations of their secrets when they come undone with the help of the new people in their lives.  
When twins are separated, their spirits steal away to find the other.

A story about family, love and the coming of age, I’ll Give You The Sun is an all-in-one heartwarming read that would very well be interesting and insightful for all ages, from teens to young adults to adults. It is in more aspects than one a moving story.

There was that sensitive issue of homosexuality too. It was rather extra sensitive and more complicated since it was taken from a teenager’s point of view. It was a beautiful part and definitely one of the highlights of the novel with a very eye-opening and dramatic storytelling.

Or maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people. – Jude

I’ll Give You The Sun was so descriptive. It was fascinatingly made up of concrete and abstract at the same time. There were mentions of natural elements, biblical notions, superstitious beliefs, earth colors, and art forms. There was so much of these things that they sometimes felt weird, but they served their purpose well. There were parts left to the imagination while there were also things discussed in utter detail when it comes to representation. They were all a part of the story and were truly connecting with the characters’ back stories.

I would say I enjoyed how this novel was more dramatic than romantic. This one, though it didn’t make me cry, was undeniably good. The emotions felt real, too real actually. A lot of things also happened here that kept the story moving. Though it was sometimes back and forth, but still, it was always moving.

Mothers are the parachutes.

Furthermore, despite having a very specific story, it felt as though it was very easy for any reader to identify with the characters or think of something that may somehow be similar to the plot situation.

For me, what was so amazing about this book was how the narration managed to still be gravely serious and profound while also using the voices of teenagers. This was I guess where the power and depth of the story came from. And now that I think about it, this isn’t the first book I read that used this storytelling approach.  

After reading I’ll Give You The Sun, I realized this is either a reflection or an invitation for reflection for anyone reading to evaluate or re-evaluate how he/she is doing in life, with the family, with the self. There are a lot of lessons to be extracted from Noah, Jude, Brian, Guillermo, and Dianna. Additionally, the point is, this book is an explanation as to why people do what they do, and in every way, how people are given another chance.

Are you done reading this book? What are your thoughts? I’d like to know them! Feel free to share them below!


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